"To say that Warren Wolf's Mack Avenue debut is auspicious would be an understatement. No doubt, this is one of the best of the year in jazz." - New York Daily News
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf is set to perform at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City on Monday, January 16 with sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Although he has formerly performed as a sideman at the prestigious jazz club, this performance will mark his debut as a leader at the venue and will be in support of his new self-titled album, available on Mack Avenue Records. Additional performers for the evening will be Tim Green, Christian Sands, Kris Funn and Billy Williams.
It's no exaggeration to state that the release of Warren Wolf, makes it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his instrument. Joined by a unit of authoritative swingers (bassist Christian McBride, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Greg Hutchinson, alto and soprano saxophonist Tim Green, and, on two tracks, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt), Wolf offers a ten-piece program that admirably represents his singular blend of efflorescent chops, muscular attack, lyric sensibility, harmonic acumen, encyclopedic knowledge of hardcore jazz vocabulary, tireless groove and downright musicality.
"I'm trying to bring forth what most cats did back in the day, coming out right at you swinging, nice and hard, not a lot of hard melodies or weird time signatures," Wolf says. "I like to play really hard, fast and kind of flashy. I like to take it to a whole other level."
"What he does on vibes is pretty incredible," says McBride, Wolf's employer since 2007 in the Inside Straight band and co-producer of this album along with Mack Avenue EVP of A&R, Al Pryor. He used to introduce Wolf as "the Cyborg," in affectionate tribute to his head-shaking-but never robotic-feats of instrumental derring-do. "You can't hear Warren and not be highly impressed," he says. "I don't think there's anything Warren can't handle," McBride says. "My dream for him is that he eventually gets to collaborate with the super-duper heavyweights. I can't wait to see where he'll go next."
Warren Wolf @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Monday, January 16
Sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Warren Wolf - vibraphone
Christian Sands - piano
Kris Funn - bassist
Billy Williams - drums
Broadway at 60th St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023
Warren Wolf · Warren Wolf
Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: August 16, 2011
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